| Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below. Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems. But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…|
Review: My LOVE for thrillers continues! Seriously, I can’t get enough of them at the moment. They’re always such quick and satisfying reads. And In A Cottage In A Wood (IaCiaW) by Cass Green, which I read in just two sittings, was no exception.
Firstly though I want to mention the cover! This was totally a cover buy originally. I’d never heard of Cass Green (though her other thriller, The Woman Next Door, is now at the very top of my tbr pile) but when I saw this book I new it would be the perfect October read. I mean the creepy house, the branches, the full moon, the yellow and green colour scheme…it pulled me in!
And I’m SO glad it did! Because it had me from the first page when “whatisname sighs and gently farts in his sleep” haha. See Neve, our main character, is trying to sneak out after having a one night stand. Only he wakes up during said sneaking about and decides that right then is a good time to check his wallet to make sure she hasn’t stolen anything! Rude right? Luckily she makes it known to him that he was shit in bed anyway and calls him an arsehole. So that probably makes them even I’d say.
Only on the walk home she comes across Isabelle standing on a bridge and, after a brief interaction, witnesses her commit suicide. This doesn’t seem to effect Neve much over the coming weeks until she gets a letter telling her to phone an unknown number. Which leads to a meeting and the handing over of a cottage! A cottage called Petty Whin…
Now this was where the story got 10x more exciting, but also slowed down quite a bit. I do like my thrillers a little more fast paced usually so IaCiaW did lose 1 star here. But considering I would have read it in one sitting if I’d had the time, I can’t really complain!
Luckily though I was also enjoying Cass Green’s atmospheric style of writing enough I barely noticed the slightly repetitive middle bit. And to be honest I think this was necessary because of the type of person Neve is. She does not have her life together. Doesn’t think things through. She forgets her keys, doesn’t clean up the messes she makes, gets too drunk.
So when creepy things start happening we’re left to work out whether it’s Neve being forgetful and paranoid or even imagining things. Or is something more sinister going on? I mean at one point she’s convinced someone has been in the cottage and made her bed! And whilst bed making isn’t the scariest thing that could happen to you it would still give you some uneasy feelings.
Anyway bed making and more weird stuff continues until we get to the twisty, albeit rushed, ending. NO SPOILERS I promise! And whilst it’s a very good twist that I in no way saw coming, I needed more information. What is revealed is told in past tense as well whereas I would have liked multiple satisfying face to face confrontations!
Overall though a very enjoyable thriller. Perfect for this time of year when it gets dark earlier and all you want is to be a bit spooked!
Let me know below if you’ve read any good thrillers lately. I’m always looking for recommendations!
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